Sunday Brunch at my Dream House

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I’m not ashamed to admit that I have a slight problem with baby stalking.  I just can’t help myself…..I love babies SO much!  I have so far been unsuccessful in my attempts to convince my husband that we need another one, so I fill that need by obsessing, er, doting on other people’s babies.

But I digress.  About a week and a half ago we were invited to a brunch after church to celebrate the baptism if this little cutie pie.  Isn’t she precious?  As we were driving out to the country home of the baby’s grandmother, Stacy, we took a wrong turn and wandered aimlessly for a few minutes.  This is the conversation that followed:

Me:  We should get a house out in the country.   I really like it out here.
Chuck:  But you hate driving anywhere.  You think going to Publix is too far.  
Me:  Well I could get used to it. I don’t go that many places. (This is true.  I am practically a hermit.)  Just think of how nice it would be to have a big yard for the kids to play in.
Chuck: That would be a lot of grass to mow.
Me: And we could get chickens!  And a goat!
Chuck:  What are you talking about?  Since when do you want chickens?
Chuck:  I just think it would be nice for the girls to have chickens.  They could collect the eggs and sell them.  They were selling organic local eggs at the (Worden) farm for $5 a dozen!  Alysha’s daughter has chickens and she sells their eggs.  It’s so cute.
Husband:  You are crazy

A few minutes later we pull up to an adorable Craftsman-style bungalow surrounded by  a nice big yard and spanish-moss covered trees, which was pretty much the exact picture I had in my mind of the perfect country house.  I didn’t know Stacy well, but even from the outside you could tell that she had a great sense of style.

From the moment I walked in the door, I was in awe of it all!  The gorgeous 1927 arts & crafts detailing everywhere, the amazing brunch laid out on the table as we walked in the front door, the quirky-but-style-filled details everywhere, the homemade pickles and cream cheese and jam.  I literally spent hours wandering around, oohing and aahing over every last detail.  I couldn’t even explain why I was so smitten except that maybe in that moment I realized that Stacy was exactly who I want to be when I grow up!


And you just knew there were going to be chickens, right?

I hope that this post doesn’t give the impression that I am somehow dissatisfied with my own home, because that is definitely not the case.  I count my blessings every single day, and honestly couldn’t ask for more.  That said, I can still appreciate someone else’s talents and style without feeling like what I have is somehow inadequate.

The older I get, the stronger my urge to get back to basics and create a simpler, more wholesome life for my family.  I’m not there yet, and while I’d like to be the mom that feeds my kids home grown vegetables out of my own garden with freshly gathered eggs and homemade cheese, I’m still the mom that resorts to the McDonald’s drive-through because sometimes that’s just easier.

Maybe someday we’ll find a 1927 Craftsman bungalow of our own and move to the country and grow vegetables and keep chickens and get a goat, and I’ll finally learn to can my own pickles and jam.  Or maybe we won’t, and that’s okay too.  But in the meantime I’m just happy I get to know a gal like Stacy.

So what about you?  Do you have a particular style of dream home?  What does it look like?


  1. May 10 at 09:14AM

    So pretty!

  2. Brittany Vandeputte
    May 10 at 10:19AM

    I live in my own dream home! While it’s not Craftsman, my 1930 bungalow is the perfect house for us and we love living in it. I think what I love about a bungalow is the open middle of the house. It’s perfect for entertaining, and a perfect space for everyone to be together, but be able to spread out to do their own thing too. It’s a different way of living when you consider how more modern architectural styles (our 1970s spilt-level and our two-story 2000-era tract home) partition everyone off into their own rooms/spaces. In a Bungalow, you’re a little bit on top of each other, but it’s easier to keep tabs on everybody that way.

  3. Serrin
    May 10 at 10:37AM

    Hubbs and I dream of a tudor style home with dark wood accents throughout the entire inside. We like dark, castle like appearance with all kinds of nooks and cubbie holes for kids to create the worlds best game of hide and seek. But like you, I also wants chickens. I think a coupe could go with a tudor, right? 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this home Ruth. It is quirky and super fun! Probably how I would be living today had we stayed in Seattle.

  4. May 10 at 01:39PM

    Hi Ruth. I am a fairly new reader and I LOVE your videos. 🙂 The photos and the house above are beautiful. My dream house is a tiny house…I write for the Tiny House Blog and the ingenuity and styles of some of the homes are so interesting.

    I grew up on a small farm eating our home grown veggies, eggs and meat and milk from our animals. It’s a great way to grow up, but it’s a LOT of work. Sometimes hard-core, physical work (I’m a big Danish chick with muscles from building fences). Weather and predators should be taken into account too. A lot of our smaller animals would be attacked by stray dogs or coyotes and I don’t know how many times we had to save loose baby animals from a snowstorm. These situations very quickly teach young children about life and death.

    If you decide to have your own homestead, do one thing at a time to see if you like it.

  5. May 10 at 02:41PM

    Like you…I admire many homes or spaces and drool a little. I am happy with what I have but that doesn’t mean I don’t like a change or day dream every now and then.

  6. May 11 at 07:29AM

    Ooooo Ruth, do you think she’ll let us move in? The house is amazing!

  7. heather
    May 14 at 01:37AM

    So charming and very minimalistic! Yes, i would like to be herself when i grow up as well!

  8. Jane
    May 15 at 09:29AM

    So beautiful. I have always wanted an old house too. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. July 14 at 08:35PM

    Please tell her I love her house! I also loved the brunch set-up!

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